(Closed) What were your 2 most important criteria for reception location?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We wanted ours to be outside with lots of shade and beautiful as well as something that was within our budget!

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Elegance/beauty and all inclusiveness. Some places we looked had a price per head, then a room rental fee, then tax, then service charges, then price per head per hour of open bar and the list goes on… it seemed like it would be really hard to manage our budget with so many factors and multipliers.  Our venue has a price per head and thats it. Tax, service charges, open bar, everything is included in that.  It makes me feel less stressed out because its so easy to stay on top of how much our tab will be.

Post # 34
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

1. Incorporates outdoors/water view

2. Affordability

3. Able to have ceremony and reception at the same venue, but different spots at that venue (we are having our ceremony outside on the patio overlooking the lake and our reception inside the restaurant that has windows surrounding and a balcony that overlook the lake)

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

1. Food!

2. Out of Town guests being able to go up to their guest rooms!

and to squeeze in 3. windows and natural light!

Post # 36
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

i wanted a place that wasn’t “long island” (italian married to mob-esque) so my 2 criteria was no rugs and no lacquered furniture/mirrors. i guess that’s technically 3 but i used a hypen so i’m saying it counts Smile . the place we found has none of the above!

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

My number one was safety as I didn’t want anyone sliding off the road trying to get there. Number two was price because if it’s not very expensive we can afford to spend more on decor.

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

#1 Price, I wanted to make sure we could still afford food, drinks, and a DJ

#2 Atmosphere – we wanted something fun yet Colorado and wound up with a boutique hotel with great customer service (so far).

Post # 39
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

1) Privacy – we wanted to be the only reception at that location.

2) Elegant – not banquet-esque

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

whenn i pick a reception hall i want something modern, close to downtown because that’s where hotels are, and something that doesn’t require a lot of work.

Post # 41
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

  1. Affordable.
  2. Centrally located.

We live in the DC area, and have friends in MD, VA, and DC.  We really wanted the reception to be centrally located, so that as many of our friends as possible could attend.

Post # 42
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

1.  Oceanview/Oceanfront Destination–Do-able for a drive/long weekend for guests

2.  Helpful onsite coordinatiors/staff–I know that sounds crazy but when planning from a distance I really wanted to feel like I had someone “on our side”.  That is exactly what we found.  If you find a really helpful/friendly place they will bend over backwards for you.  Ex:  I saw the country club had gold chargers on the table and I asked if we could have them for our wedding.  Typically they do not allow them but for ours they said yes  🙂  Free chargers!

Post # 43
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

 It had to be outside in Laguna Beach. 

Post # 44
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

1) outdoors w/view of an ocean

2) NOT a hotel

Post # 45
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

1) Cost

2) No on site caterer since my Fiance is a chef and we are having a friend cater for us

Post # 46
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Totally cost. I have a big family and feeding 200+ people is challenging on a budget.

And looks. Mostly, I didn’t want my family to know I was getting a deal on the venue. I wanted the venue to look nicer than it cost.

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